Dyslexia Resources, Research & Studies

What is dyslexia?

If you are concerned that your child may be dyslexic, we can assure you of this: he or she is not alone. It is estimated that 20% of the American population - or one out of every five boys and girls - has some form of learning disability. Of these, dyslexia is the most common.

Dyslexia affects a child’s acquisition of the skills necessary to read easily and competently. The problem typically manifests itself in what educators call “oral language processing related to phonological awareness.” This means that the child has diminished skill in deciphering letter patterns and developing “word attack” skills. The child with dyslexia will often experience difficulties with spelling and writing, too. Even numbers may pose a problem. It is not uncommon for children with dyslexia to reverse or invert their number forms.

Signs of Dyslexia

From Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

Dyslexia Testing and EvaluationS

Dyslexia Testing & Evaluation Tips and Helpful Info from International Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia Evaluation Overview from the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Types of Tests for Dyslexia from Understood.org

Our commitment to dyslexia research

Carroll’s academic leadership team has been studying ways to respond to the recent explosion of research in neuroplasticity. Today’s premise is that it is the duty of effective educators to work to improve the cognitive functions of our students. We see it as our responsibility to develop logical reasoning, information processing skills, working memory, and visual thinking in our students.

Our charge is to bridge the gap between research and educational practice to more comprehensively meet the academic needs of Carroll students. To do this, we constantly identify the unmet learning needs of Carroll students, research and develop state-of-the-art approaches, rigorously evaluate novel approaches in pilot studies, and integrate the most promising teaching methods into the Carroll curriculum. We also partner with academic institutions and others to combine resources and to disseminate our discoveries to the broader educational community.

Targeted Cognitive Intervention (White Paper)

How can cognitive neuroscience inform educational practice? The implications of a cognitive-neuroscientific framework of reading in the brain.


A Novel Approach to Improving Reading Fluency

John D.E. Gabrieli, research partner at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses how Targeted Cognitive Intervention is improving reading fluency in struggling readers.


Steve Wilkins Discusses Targeted Cognitive Intervention at TEDxBabsonCollege

Dyslexia Books

From Steve Wilkins' Recommended Book List on Amazon